Following on from a very successful artist walk last year and subsequent exhibited work we are again repeating the walk but with some variations.
This year we will still be focusing upon the concept of transhumance to the shieling summer grazing grounds, while reflecting also on the Grand Tour to Italy that took place over a similar period. Our part will be to embrace the act of walking, encountering and of discovery.
Our walk, our ‘tour’ this year, will have some interesting variations from last. We will still have the contrast between the simple fundamental life of the subsistence farmers, whose life and existence was so tuned and rooted to the landscape, and those on the grand tour who sought new landscapes and experiences.
The grand tourists brought back cultures that became transformative to our lives today, from art to architecture. Developing into a cultural complexity and sophistication that has gone some way in removing our lives from the land that sustains and which many now are re discovering as visually enhancing and environmentally significant to understand. A significance that the pastoral farmers and their own culture knew so well.
The walk will embrace our own individual reflections on the landscape encountered, also collaboratively specific art practices and performances that will be revealed on the day.
The walk is in Glen Beanie, an offshoot of Glen Isla, a beautiful small glen that offers many possibilities to artists. The walk will be to folds, shieling huts, an amazing boundary wall and hut circles. Mostly on a track but we will cross some rough grazing and heather, also a small generally easy to cross stream. The distance to the fold, our main destination is 1.87 miles.
For the artist there are many possibilities to be creative but we hope that people will experiment and embrace other means of representation.
Details of last year's walk can be found here: http://www.pvaf.org.uk/blog-41-folds-and-porticos--a-creative-collaboration
More specific details for this year’s walk will be provided once people sign up.
If you are interested in taking part or for more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org